Modelling Industrial Production Methods in Lower Secondary School Design and Technology Projects

Marshall Hughes
1999, Vol. 4, No. 1,


This article was originally presented as a paper at the 1998 Science and Technology Education Conference held at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. It describes how design and technology students at Sha Tin College are exposed to the manufacturing methods found in industry through two structured, lower-school projects which employ batch and mass production techniques. The projects focus on the need for teamwork, good planning and organisational skills, the value of jigs and fixtures and quality control in manufacturing. Extension work in the areas of graphics, energy and IT is also considered. Sha Tin College is a multi-racial, English speaking international school of 1000 students which broadly follows the UK National Curriculum, modified to reflect the local context.

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